I recently removed the Foursquare app from my iPhone and my Facebook. That actually happened this week but I stopped ‘checking in’ the different places I would be at or near almost a month ago. A conversation sparked my departure from the social media site.
Maybe I should start with why I signed up for Foursquare. I had heard about this app where if you check in at certain establishments then you may ‘unlock’ special deals for products or food. All you had to do is present your phone to a manager or server you can cash in on an award just for showing up; that was good enough for me to sign up. Lunch specials, free deserts, 10% off a service…I took advantage of it. It was the only real meaningful use of the app.
But what I already concerned about with Foursquare was brought out of me in conversation. Actually, I got scolded for checking in a the apartment complex where a friend lived. We were ‘friends’ on Foursquare…and so was her roommate. My friend was texting with her roommate when I showed up at her place and asked, or rather commanded me to not check in where she was. She argued that it’s bad enough that we are as exposed as we are but we open up more of our privacy to the masses with Foursquare. She went on about the dangers that two people who are dating could encounter, like one possibly reviewing the other’s movements around the city.
I worried about this before. I was called out by someone who had recounted my check ins one day. That information was only gained by following me on Foursquare. The accrued ‘points’ and ‘badges’ verses others aren’t worth giving up my every move. It’s nice to be “off the grid” from time to time.
With that, I’m done with Foursquare. Discounts at food places and clothing stores are nice and all — and who knows, I may use it for those purposes only — but I don’t need to make it easier for myself to be trailed. Sorry, Foursquare.